After Caleb was right about the revolver you think I would have learned to listen to him. I still had some trepidation about his latest idea to improve my shooting abilities: lots and lots of rimfire. I can’t quite put a finger on why I hesitated, it makes sense to shoot a lot with something that won’t cause me to flinch in order to improve my accuracy. There seems to be some stigma around shooting .22LR that comes from spending too much time behind a range booth counter: I don’t want to be the little girl shooting the .22. I will be though, and I have overcome my pride and accepted the fact.
To start I will be shooting Dot Torture twice a day, three times a week with a .22. What would compel me to voluntarily subject myself to Dot Torture six times a week? Well, I made a little deal with Caleb: If I make ESP Master times with a .22LR by mid-July Gun Nuts will supply me with a pair of Smith & Wesson M&P JGs. Which are not only totally awesome firearms but happen to match the pink Spyderco knife SamFromWades bought me for Christmas.
This is a lofty goal, since my current classifier score stands at 226 seconds with a Smith & Wesson M&P9 Pro: 10 seconds below SSP Marksman and 26 seconds below ESP Marksman. My goal is to be able to classify Marksman in SSP with the M&P Pro 40 Caleb has me shooting in 2 months, which should leave me shooting the .22 pretty quickly.
What I’m most interested to see is how my times with the M&P contrast to my times with the .22. If I break down my most recent classifier scores by stage: 58.8 seconds for Stage 1, 50.92 seconds for Stage 2 and 116.28 seconds for Stage 3, it becomes apparent that the 20 yard shots are my current weak spot. Shooting Dot Torture with the .22 should prove extremely beneficial to my accuracy, if nothing else. I’m hoping to shave a lot of time off of that Stage 3 score by shooting Dot Torture until I can do it clean at 20 yards. Easy? No, but easy isn’t what I’m going for.
I’m excited to have begun my own “Quest for Master Class“, and I hope Gun Nuts readers will join me in my pursuit.